Aupairing in the Pennsylvania
Cheese is not the only thing that should come to an aupair in Pennsylvania's mind when thinking of the city.
Home to where the American Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed, Pennsylvania is the state where modern America, the US as we know it, began. Perfect place for an Au-pair in America to start a journey of discovery.
But the Keystone State does not have only history to offer. Read on if you want to find out all the trips you could do, the things you could see and all the places where to have fun. And don’t worry; we took care of all the logistic part too, the one you never want to concern yourself with, from where to learn to where to sleep.
Hot Spots in Pennsylvania
First thing that comes to mind when you think of what to visit while in the Independence State is the obvious Liberty Bell. Symbol of freedom and Independence, it is now located in the Liberty Bell Center where you can see it and take guided tours. Another famous tour is the Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia, free of charge; it is a self guided tour of over 100 locations where you can find brochures and information, basically the easiest way to walk your way through the most historic area of the US.
Cultural wise, Pennsylvania also has many museums you wouldn’t want to miss, such as the Carnegie Museums and the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the worldwide unique Houdini Museum in Scranton. And don’t forget to visit the many artisan galleries in Reading and Bethlehem, holding some of the most amazing glass art in the country.
Less obvious and known is the fact that Pennsylvania is also home to the first Zoo opened in the US, the Philadelphia Zoo and has other four large zoos spread throughout the state. The nature lovers will be even happier to know about the presence of over 120 parks, green spaces with free admission, no exceptions. But if amusement parks are what you’re looking for instead, the Keystone has its share of those too, like Conneaut Lake Park, Dutch Wonderland, Del Grosso Amusement Park, Kennywood, Lakemont Park and the Splash Lagoon in Erie, the largest indoor water park on the East Coast.
But for all of you dedicated shoppers out there, did you know that many people go to Pennsylvania just to shop? Why? Simple. Most of the shopping there is tax free. How’s that for good news? All you have to do is go to Downtown Pittsburgh, home to a wide variety of department stores and shops. Then carry on to the Famous Strip District when you get hungry. After lunch, carry on north from Pittsburgh until you reach Volant with its Village Shops and its Amish Culture, so interesting to witness. And if you want some good old outlets, Prime Outlets in Grove City await with their bargains.
So for all of you out there longing freedom and spirit of independence, Pennsylvania awaits.
It seems almost unfair that Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia in particular, are always praised for their history but less for the thrills and excitements they offer, especially after the sun goes down. So, if you’re one of those people who are afraid that Pennsylvania is just history, learning and no fun do not worry any longer. The Independence State has you covered, especially with such great cities as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. So whether you enjoy nightclubs, bars, pubs, live music venues or simply dance clubs where you can listen to the latest hits, places like Bamboo Lounge, the North Liberties District, Club Flow, North Star Bar, Fluid Nightclub in Philly or Diesel Nightclub, Blush, Club zoo, Bossa Nova in Pittsburgh and many, many others, usually just a short walk apart, are right and waiting for you to party all night long. And when you will finally feel tired don’t forget to make a last stop and eat one of those traditional cheesesteak.
The Keystone State has a wide range of hotels, B&B’s, hostels and every other type of accommodation you might think of. All you have to do is consider your budget and visit http://www.city-accommodation.com/us_pa.html where you can find a complete list of hotels in every city of Pennsylvania with prices that go from an average of 100$ a night for the largest cities to an average of 60$ for smaller towns. However, if your pockets can’t afford that much, you always have the option of a youth hostel, maybe not as luxurious and comfy as hotels but cheaper and, lets say it, does the job. Visit http://www.hostels.com/pennsylvania-state/usa and you will be able to chose from a great variety of hostels with just 20$ a night average price.
Surrounded by all this history and cultural environment, you might get the feeling that your school learned English isn’t enough for you to fully interact with the people and the environment itself. If this is the case than the Keystone State has a number of ESL schools in practically every city you might find yourself visiting. According to your plans and available time and especially how much help you actually need, you can choose from colleges that help you full time and plan your holiday as a study vacation with an average price of 1500$ tuition only for an intensive program or take advantage of the many learning centers that offer evening lessons or single lessons when you have free time for a starting price of 39$ per hour.
Visit the websites below to get an idea of the offers around Pennsylvania and find what is best for you.
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When a person goes on a holiday is easy to lose track of how much money he/she is spending. A souvenir here, an entrance ticket there and you end up consuming much more than you had planned. If at some point during your permanence you’ve realized this happened to you too the solution is simple and quite obvious. Get a job. There are plenty of jobs to go in Pennsylvania and all you have to do is consider how much money you’ll need and figure out what type of job will suit you best, keeping in mind that the minimum wage here is 7.25$ per hour but if you get tips you’ll get 4.42$ since you are expected to receive the remaining 2.83$ from tips. To help you start on your search, we’ve enlisted a few websites with available jobs and regulations.
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